March 26, 2008


I LOVE SEWING NOTIONS! I'm surprised that I don't have more of them, but here is one that I got a while ago. It's a hem gauge called Tailor-Ette (movable slider with chalk). I bought it the last time Hancock's had a 50% off all notions sale back in February. I used it today to mark the hem of my Sister's skirt that I'm working on. It works pretty good! The next notion/equipment that I buy will be one of those things that you place the sewing machine peddle on to keep it from sliding away from under my foot. I swear I get tired of chasing that thing. I've got a 40% off coupon for notions for the second week in April I think this would be considered a notion???

I also love hem tape, especially the lacy kind. I think it gives such a professionally finished look to a hem.
This muslin complete with facings, hem and zipper went on a round trip to upstate New York and is now back in Georgia. Boy snail mail seems to be getting faster. I mailed made it up and mailed it to my Sister on a Monday; she received it by Wednesday of last week - then she and my Mom pin fitted it and put it back in the mail on Friday of the same week and it arrived back to me by Monday of this week.

And here's Brenda's finished fully lined "LBS" (little black skirt) made from Butterick 4613.
I must admit that there were two techniques that I wanted to use in making this skirt - but chickened out. One was the invisible zipper - thought I need to practice on it more before installing in an actual garment. So on this one I opted for a centered zipper application. The second thing was a fitting technique I've reading about in Nancy Zieman's book Fitting Finese. It's called pivot and slide. I WILL USE THE PIVOT AND SLIDE METHOD (talking myself into being brave) on the skirt refashioning project my Sisters next skirt.

Now on to the next project...


  1. Great job on the skirt and like the lacy hem tape. I luv sewing notions too and actually for the sewing machine peddle I was thinking of using a mouse pad - I think it will work just as

  2. I just love those tiny aids! Congrats on your skirt the lace hem looks really nice.

  3. Anonymous3/27/2008

    You have given me a great idea -- I sew a lot for my niece, and she lives in New York, I am in Texas. I never make things exactly the right size since she isn't always here to try the outfit on. You have given me the idea to make a muslin or even just mail her the partly completed outfit, and she can pin it or mark the hem/seams and mail it back to me for finishing. I had never thought of doing that, so simple and makes so much sense!!! Thanks! A sewing mom in Texas.

  4. How sweet of you to make a "mail order skirt" for your sis!
    The lace hem tape looks very pretty! I've never used it. I'll have to give it a try next time I make a skirt.

  5. What a perfect classic skirt! You did a beautiful job on it too. I can't wait to hear about your adventures in pivoting and sliding (I've never heard of it and now I'm curious)!



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